State Courts to Investigate AMS Implants Pending Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Litigation
Women whose transvaginal mesh lawsuit filings allege injuries caused by its pelvic implants are no longer the only group Endo Health Solutions must answer to.
According to MassDevice.com, the parent company of American Medical Systems has received several subpoenas from attorneys general in California and other states over the safety of its vaginal mesh devices. A regulatory filing issued by Endo Health on February 28th indicates that one subpoena was sent by the State of California in November 2013, for example, and is one of many noting state probes into its vaginal mesh.
“We are cooperating fully with this investigation,” Endo said in its filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
16,000 Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits Now Filed Over AMS Pelvic Mesh
Between U.S. federal and state courts, recent records indicate that a total of 16,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits against American Medical Systems have now been filed by women who claim to have experienced erosion, bleeding, infection, scarring and other complications. Many of these cases are now pending in a multidistrict litigation underway in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia.
Following its 2011 takeover of American Medical Systems, MassDevice.com reports that Endo has agreed to pay $55 million to resolve such claims over its transvaginal mesh products, which were designed to treat such conditions as stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The company also booked a $500 million writedown on the value of AMS earlier in February, MassDevice.com reports.
Contributing to costs associated with the writedown, as well as a $316 million add-on to its legal reserve, 2013 fourth-quarter losses for Endo were -$6.74 per share, or -$775.9 million, on sales of $584.9 million. As of 11 a.m. on March 3, shares for Endo Health Solutions were down 1.6% to $78.56 apiece.
Vaginal mesh lawsuits against American Medical Systems and Endo make up only some of the thousands that have been filed in separate proceedings underway in West Virginia federal court. These cases, which similarly allege complications from mesh distributed by Boston Scientific, Corp., C.R. Bard Inc. and the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Ethicon, accuse their manufacturers of failing to warn about side effects associated with its products, which may have been designed defectively. Court documents indicate that over 40,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed with the Court.
Did You Receive Pelvic Mesh Manufactured by American Medical Systems? Contact an Attorney Today.
If you suffered chronic pain, infection, vaginal scarring or another complication after receiving a product from American Medical Systems, you may be eligible to file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit with an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP. Call us today at (877) 779-1414.